Wednesday Briefs: March 14, 2018

Here is a list of all the authors flashing this week, along with a brief snippet from their latest free work. Click the link after the snippet to be taken to the complete story on the author’s home page

Here Kitty, Kitty: Chapter 6.2 by Carol Pedroso

Meg insisted everyone call her grandma and by the time the kits woke up from their nap Simon was fully up to date.

Simon sighed. “So, we have a rogue witch to worry about. As well as hunters and maybe the vamp who changed me. Have I missed anyone?”

Kitryn shook his head while dishing up the kits’ food. “No, that sounds about right. We need to work out a plan. My group may be gone, but what if this witch targets other shifters or paranormals? And we need to make sure the hunters haven’t managed to track us at all.

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The Sheriff #54 (13.2) by Julie Lynn Hayes

The ordeal was finally over. Jordan and his little friends were safely locked up where they couldn’t hurt anyone, particularly Dustin. Harlan had assured Roy that bail would be set high, once he made his report to the judge. With his accomplices already having rolled on their friend in order to reduce their own sentences, Jordan would be going away for quite some time.

They’d driven to the police department to see if Harlan needed them for anything. Jordan didn’t look quite so self-assured now. In fact, the pretty boy looked downright scared, as the reality of what he was facing hit him. He sat beside a deputy’s desk, handcuffed, while the deputy typed up arrest papers. As Dustin and Roy walked past, on the way to Harlan’s office, Jordan cleared his throat, as if he had something to say to Dustin.

“Hey, Dusty…”

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Slapout: Chapter 05 by Jon Keys
Alec took another sip of the ice cold beer in his hand. He enjoy the wonderful deck and its miles of shade cloth. Gage and Ben spent an entire summer building it and lacing the sailcloth across the sturdy frame. When Alec arrived he’d located one of the thickly cushioned patio chairs and sprawled across it.
Gage waved the enormous set of tongs he used to arrange the coals toward Alec. “How’s the beer? We got it earlier when summer when we spent the weekend in Amarillo.”
Alec swallowed before lifting the bottle in his direction. “It’s damn good beer. I could get to like that.”

An Offer I Can’t Refuse by Michael Mandrake
Much to my dismay, I had become one of those humans. I’d gotten used to the way things were done. Vampire rule was crafty and well, even if it did seem like more of a dictatorship, the world seemed to thrive on the bloodsucker’s domination. Although vampires could be just as greedy as humans, all the rulers seemed to get along a lot better than their human predecessors. There were still some humans in lower positions in the governments to negotiate with the people, but the vampires held high rank.

Denied: Chapter Twenty-one by Cia Nordwell

“Someone attracted the flame wasps to the crew with pheromones? How did someone get a queen’s scent?”

Aparoe shook their head, studying the screen in their hand. “This isn’t an attractant. The scent isn’t even flame wasp pheromones; they’re twisps.”

“What are twisps?”

“Stick-like figures that migrate in swarms. They consume organic material then move on, leaving behind barren paths behind them. Nothing can stand against them because they don’t seem to have any higher functions. They just… consume. They don’t even leave waste behind; anything they consume is emitted through vents on their backs. That is carried on the 

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